Fish in the Desert


I’m the fish in this little story.  Yup. I’m an East Coaster who actually grew up very close to the coast. I loved it. Perfect place to grow up. I’m from New Hampshire but the part of NH that I grew up in was right on the border of Maine. Now my most favorite place in all the world (That I’ve been lucky enough to see) is Nubble Light in York Maine.

For those of you who were around during my Birthday this year…you may remember that Steve (My husband) put together a beautiful gift with the help of many people from all over the world. Images that people sent with Happy Birthday messages to me.

Well he got in touch with the caretaker at Nubble Light and they joined in.


I can’t tell you how many hours I spent sitting on these very rocks looking out at the ocean and that gorgeous lighthouse.  It wasn’t just the sound and the smell and the cool breeze blowing off the water that helped me chill.  It was also the vastness. The feeling I’d get when looking out into the great open sea was a sense of smallness that actually gave me some perspective about my life…my troubles….my stress.

It’s where I found peace.

Moving from NH to West Texas (with a few stops in-between) has taken me far, far away from my peaceful spot.

I now live in what can only be described as a desert. The closest I get to water is the little drainage pond down the street and there is absolutely nothing peaceful about that. 😉  If you’re looking for 4 lanes of traffic and a ridiculous amount of duck/geese poop…this is the place for you! If you’re looking for Zen…probably not.

So here in West Texas, I’ve found a new way to find some peace in nature.  To look out into the vastness. To feel small and to get some perspective when I’m getting too tied up in the details.




I just had to look up.

It’s not quite the same and took some mental adjustment….but it’s getting the job done. 🙂

Thanks for reading!


This is my submission to the Flying Through Water Creative Penguin Prompt: What’s Your Chill


23 thoughts on “Fish in the Desert

  1. This is so awesome, Nikki! My relatives live in Portsmouth NH … my guess is that it’s not too far away from where you grew up. 🙂

    You take your safe space with you. And I needed that reminder right now, so thank you. I love you!
    Blessings, Debbie
    ps – so touching that Steve included them in your birthday thing. 🙂 🙂 Love this!

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          1. Hi Nikki! Sorry I just saw this. 🙂 You can contribute to Forgiving Fridays anytime. If I’ve already done a post for that Friday, I can easily include it in the next one. ❤ So just do one when your heart calls you to share…. LOVE! xoxo


  2. Beautiful photos. I look at the sky every day and it is never the same yet it is the same sky day after day. I didn’t appreciate the sky until I moved here and now live above the tree line. We can find peace wherever we are if we just stop and take the time to simply be who we are where we are.


  3. I’ve been to Texas, and even as a Floridian I think it’d take take an adjustment! I think it’s wonderful that you’ve found those moments in nature that still your soul. Those Texas sunsets sure look beautiful! ❤

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